Entries from September 2008 ↓

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Trying to build “real” relationships and connections with people you “meet” online can appear quite challenging at times. You want to connect with others - perhaps, that potential JV partner or a mentor who you’ve been following for quite some time. But, how do you go about doing it? How do you stand out from the others who are trying to do the same thing as you? Obviously, you don’t want to appear needy, pushy, lame, or spammy in your “relationship marketing” efforts. That said, what should one do?

First, let me say this: social networking is nothing more than an online representation of our offline worlds. A lot the things you would do offline to break the ice and network are the same activities we should be doing online as well. That said, here are 5 tips and ideas that will help you get the ball rolling.

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Video: How ‘Being Exceptional’ can Impact your Business

In this video, I talk about a recent trip to Wendy’s, a honeybun, and some photoshopping. It all adds up to being exceptional and what it could mean for your business and relationships.

3 Tips to Stop Social Networking from Taking Over your Life

busy schedule?
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If you’re reading this blog post, there’s a good chance that you have an account on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, or any of the other scores of social networking sites out there. And the fact remains that a lot of them are down right addicting.

If you’re a high school kid or someone with a lot of free time, it really doesn’t matter if those sites become your new crack.

However, for those of us - business owners, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, corporate professionals, etc. - who use those social technologies for business, spending countless hours in front of the computer might not be the most effective use of time.

But what do you do if you’re connected to a lot of people who choose to communicate with you using these social networking sites? Surely, you wouldn’t want to ignore them.

Doing so would mean abandoning chances to build meaningful relationships and profitable business ventures.

That’s clearly not an option. So, what do we do?

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Video: Weekend Shoutout for 09.19.08

Well, I was in the car and decide to go on a brief rant/shoutout. I also managed to include a little trash talking about SEC football (War Eagle!). Below is the randonmess that ensued:

0:00 - 2:40 “No, my name is not Beyonce.”
2:40 - 3:10 “Thanks for all the support”
3:10 - 5:45 “Business Shoutouts to Successfool and Monikah Ogando”
5:45 - 6:30 “Get off the Internets (haha)”
6:30 - 7:00 “Auburn football and trash talking. Boo LSWHO!”
7:00 - 8:00 “Leave a comment before I drive off the road”

Video: Facebook for Entrepreneurs - A few DOs and DON’Ts

Have you ever walked into room - let’s say, for a social gathering - and you had no idea what to do?

Where do I lay my jacket.

Do I tip the person at the door?

Where in the heck do I stand?

We’ve all been in situations where we’ve asked ourselves those kind of questions. Heck, I still get confused at some casual dining restaurants over tipping and whether or not it’s appropriate to do so.

Well, that same uneasy and uncertain feeling can sometimes extend to our online social gatherings too.

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